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Food Before Bed: What to Offer Kids and When to Hold Back


What your child eats before lights out and when she has a snack can sometimes affect how well she sleeps. This is important: The National Sleep Foundation says school-age kids need between 9 and 11 hours of quality sleep each night, preschoolers should log 10 to 13 hours, and toddlers thrive best when they get between 11 and 14 hours of shut-eye. Too little sleep can have an impact on a child’s physical and mental development, her mood, her behavior, and how well she’s able to learn in…

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What To Do If Your Child Has a Seizure: Triggers and Tactics To Help You Cope


Watching your child have a seizure is one of the scariest things a parent can witness. But seizures are actually quite common. “Seizures happen when the brain has a sudden disruption of electrical activity in which cells are misfiring too much at the same time,” explains Stephanie Jackson, M.D., a pediatric neurologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This can cause uncontrollable shaking—either all over the body or just in one part of the body. One seizure…

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Families, start your engines!

04/15/2016 | Family CarePrimary Care

What better way to celebrate the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 than to fill the month of May with 500-themed activities the whole family can enjoy? May in Indiana promises beautiful weather, early summer blooms, and lots of opportunities for enjoying the outdoors with your whole family. Going on picnics or simply grilling out at home can refresh your outlook and renew your spirit. But this year provides an additional bonus: the 100th Running of the Indy 500. For generations, the Indy 500…

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Toddler Refusing to be Potty Trained? Try This Pediatrician’s Tips


If you feel as though your 3-year-old is the last kid in her class to master the potty, you’re not alone. While many kids start to show an interest in the potty at 2 years old, recent research indicates that only 40 to 60 percent of children are fully toilet trained by 36 months. The potty training path your child follows will likely be based on temperament, developmental readiness, interest, and even gender, explains Abigail Klemsz, M.D., pediatrician at Indiana University Health. “The…

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Helping Your Child Cope With Bullies


There are few things as disturbing as finding out your child is a victim of bullying. While hitting, shoving and threatening are obvious forms of bullying so is name calling, teasing, shunning or spreading rumors or comments on social media. Kids who experience bullying can become depressed, develop low self-esteem, avoid school, feel physically ill, and even contemplate suicide. And other than seeing signs of physical harm like cuts or bruises, it may be hard to know about bullying unless your child…

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